Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an MTA Transit bus, a multi-city Chinatown bus service, a Bolt bus, Greyhound, Hampton Jitney, Suffolk County Transit bus, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus, public schoolbus, charter bus, or any other bus service operating in New York City or Long Island, personal injury attorneys from Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye can help you get the compensation you need to put your life back together again.
Our legal team ranks among the most competitive bus accident lawyers in the region and has been serving Long Island and NYC residents since 1952.
Bus accidents in New York can result in death or serious injury, and victims deserve compensation for the many losses that they suffer in their health, their jobs, and their personal lives as a result.
We believe that in order to represent you fully, we need to continue to employ the aggressive, knowledgeable style that has led to more than fifty years of successful verdicts and settlements for our clients. Lawyers at our firm know that the moment you become our client, “your rights become our responsibility.”
It is important to take care of urgent medical and personal issues in the aftermath of a serious bus accident. But as soon as you are able, you should contact our attorneys for a no-fee consultation in which we can discuss your case and answer all your questions. You will not pay us a penny unless we procure a settlement or jury verdict in your favor.
Bus accidents in New York
The bus accident rate in the state of New York is one of the highest in the nation. Buses have a reputation for safety, as bus accident fatalities constitute a relatively small percentage of overall vehicle fatalities; however, when compared in terms of passenger miles, buses have a fatality rate close to that of cars. Bus accidents can involve school buses, charter buses, and city buses.
City buses such as MTA buses in New York City are 1.9 times more likely than buses elsewhere to be involved in an accident. On January 28, 2013, for instance, an MTA bus driver apparently passed out while driving in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, injuring 25 as he mowed down cars and trucks along the road.
However, discount, curb-side buses have the worst safety record of all, with 1.4 fatal accidents per 100 vehicles, as compared with 0.2 accidents per 100 vehicles for other bus companies. One of the worst crashes in transportation history took place in New York City on March 12, 2011 and involved a bus that regularly took passengers from a curb-side point in Chinatown to the Connecticut casino, the Mohegan Sun. Fifteen died and 18 were seriously injured when the driver veered into the side of the road in the Bronx and ultimately crashed in such a way that the bus was sheered in half.
Who is liable in bus accident cases?
In some cases, the bus driver in an accident in New York can be liable if he or she drives recklessly, while distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Statistics suggest that driving while impaired due to drugs, distraction, or sleep deprivation counts for only a small number of bus accident fatalities; however, results can still be devastating. For instance, investigations confirmed that the driver in the Bronx casino bus accident had slept very little in the 24 hour period prior to the accident.
However, the bus company can also be liable if it insufficiently trains drivers or oversees them with respect to safety. In the case of the casino bus accident, World Wide Tours, the Brooklyn-based company that owns the bus, had already been cited for problems with overtired drivers. The National Transit Safety Board said that the company was also at fault in this particular accident for their lack of oversight.
Finally, equipment may be at fault. If the company in charge of maintaining the bus has a track record of poor maintenance, they may be a potential defendant in a bus accident lawsuit for this reason.
It is important to note that if you are suing a government agency, such as the MTA in New York, you have a shorter time frame to work with. Claims against government entities must be filed within 90 days of an accident, whereas the lawsuit itself must begin within a year and 90 days of the accident. Therefore, it is important to contact an NYC bus accident lawyer as soon as you are able so as to avoid missing this deadline.
Bus accident injuries
Bus accidents are statistically more likely to kill or injure passengers or drivers in other cars, pedestrians, or cyclists. However, there are other cases like the Bronx accident cited above, in which the bus passengers themselves suffer horrific injuries. Another recent Long Island bus accident left 17 injured: In June 2014, two school buses and a car collided in East Meadow, but thankfully there were no fatalities. In November 2014, a Suffolk County collision between a school bus and car in Mastic Beach sent 5 middle-schoolers to the hospital for precautionary measures.
Buses are also more likely to roll over or tip over than regular passenger cars and the lack of safety belts or other restraints can result in more injuries.
For those who survive a bus accident, injuries can include:
- Brain injuries
- Back/spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Internal damage
- Torn ligaments or tendons
- Cuts and bruises
- Nerve damage
Among the worst injured in the casino bus accident was a man who testified in the criminal case against the driver: the victim lost both of his arms.
Personal injury lawyers from Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye can work with a bus accident victim to make sure that he or she receives the maximum compensation for whatever kind of injuries they have suffered.
Compensation for bus accident injuries or deaths
If you have been injured in a bus accident, or have lost a loved one, you may be eligible for the following kinds of damages, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries and the circumstances of the accident:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills, including,
- Cost of rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Punitive damages
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
The amount of compensation will also vary depending on these factors, but more extreme cases (such as amputation and paralysis cases) have resulted in multimillion dollar settlements and jury verdicts. Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye believe that those responsible for your injuries and, in some cases, disabilities, should compensate you for these losses. You deserve the best possible representation in this area, and we can provide it.
Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye: Long Island bus accident attorneys
If you would like to talk to a veteran car accident lawyer in Suffolk or Nassau County, call us toll free at any time of the day or night at 800-469-7429. We will gladly set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with you to discuss your case. Our lawyers pride ourselves not only in our ability to win cases for our clients, but also to be available to them to answer their questions in a timely fashion.
- CBS, Long Island School Bus Accident Leaves 17 Students Injured, http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/02/long-island-school-bus-accident-leaves-17-students-injured/
- Newsday, Cops: 5 students to hospital after school bus crash in Mastic Beach, http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/cops-5-students-to-hospital-after-school-bus-crash-in-mastic-beach-1.9603047
- NY Mag, 25 Injured in Brooklyn Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/25-injured-in-crash-involving-mta-bus-and-2-cars.html
- MTA Bus Safety, http://web.mta.info/nyct/safety/#bussafe